A simple and widely available alternative method for endotracheal tube cuff pressure monitoring
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To the Editor,
We read the report by Miao et al.1 suggesting that a simple method is needed for monitoring endotracheal tube (ETT) cuff pressure and herein present such a method.
This technique may be particularly useful for cervical spine and otolaryngologic surgeries when the ETT is too remote from the anesthesiologists and it is difficult to use manual hand-held manometers. Furthermore, in cervical spine and otolaryngologic surgeries, the trachea is frequently compressed, and many complications are reported.4 Pressure monitors are very necessary, but paradoxically, it is more difficult during these surgeries to monitor ETT cuff pressure.
We thus recommend that our colleagues use this simple, inexpensive monitor in daily practice.
Conflicts of interest
This submission was handled by Dr. Hilary P. Grocott, Editor-in-Chief, Canadian Journal of Anesthesia.
The authors of the article: Can J Anesth 2018; https://doi.org/10.1007/12630-018-1053-y, respectfully declined an invitation to submit a reply to the above letter.